I’ve never acted so impulsively!
During the month of September I was called for jury service. I was assigned to a grand jury, which, for our county, met at least three days a week and paid $25 per day. During this time, the MicroMark catalog featured the new enhanced cutting machine from Silhouette, the Cameo 4. I had been curious about cutting machines and this was supposed to be faster and more powerful than the Cameo 3, as well as the Cricut machines. And it was selling for just $300, precisely what I would earn during my jury service!
I had the cash windfall and the new Cameo 4 would be available soon. I thought, “Why not?” And although I have never done anything so impulsive, I ordered it.
I had just started educating myself about the capabilities of these cutting machines, but had only seen a Cricut operate once to do a simple task. I was intrigued and read that the Cameo 4 had increased the force and could even cut soft wood. The design software remained a mystery, but I’m good with computers and graphics, how hard could it be?
I received a big box on a Friday, inside was a slightly smaller, but still big box, and inside that was the beautiful white Silhouette box. I opened that one and finally got to the machine.
I carefully went through the setup instructions. I was able to cut the tiny test triangle and then nothing. 🤔 I couldn’t run back to the store because I ordered on line, so I submitted a question to the support staff at Silhouette. They work bankers hours, so I’d have to wait until Monday. 😢 Meanwhile, I read tutorials and watched videos. I learned that I didn’t get the blade cartridge snapped in properly. I tried again, but it still didn’t cut.
Monday afternoon I got an email response from the Silhouette support staff. Lyndsee described how to tighten the blade cap. It worked. 🤗 I cut another tiny test triangle AND a bird on a branch from the picture library. Here it is in two ways: one with outline only and one with interior cuts.
This machine has so much capability, so I have a lot to learn. I purchased “The Ultimate Silhouette Guide.” After reading about halfway through, I dared to design a shipping box. (My shop would need inventory, which would likely come in cardboard shipping boxes.)
It took a couple tries, then I cut my box complete with slits to allow the flaps to be folded in. Some of my errors involved math. I think next time I’ll use metric measure, then I won’t have to contend with fractions!
How about you? Do you have a cutting machine? What things mini do you use it for? Thanks in advance for commenting in the form below.